On Disability Assistance
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When you’re on disability assistance the amount of financial support you receive depends on the size of your family. It also depends on whether another person in your family has the Persons with Disabilities designation.
For example, as of October 1, 2017 you could get:
- Up to $1,133.42 if you are single
- Up to $1,973.06 if your spouse also has the Persons with Disabilities designation
- Up to $1,559.08 if you are a single-parent family with two children
Community Living BC Payments
- If you are living in a Community Living BC facility, you may get up to $1,133.42 per month. This is the maximum disability assistance rate for a single person as of October 1, 2017
- From your $1,133.42, you pay your Community Living BC service provider $716.13 per month for your basic living costs. This leaves you with up to $417.29 for personal expenses
In addition to financial support, you may be eligible for supplements to help with extra costs that people with disabilities may have.
You must get pre-approval before you buy anything. Call 1 866 866-0800 or visit your local office to confirm:
- Your eligibility
- If the item or service you are requesting is eligible
- The process for getting each benefit
You may be able to get money for a monthly nutritional supplement if you have a severe medical condition that causes:
- Chronic, progressive deterioration of health
- Symptoms of wasting
Working While on Assistance
If you have a disability and receive disability assistance, you can work and earn money. Money you earn, up to a certain amount, does not affect your monthly payment.
WorkBC can help you explore career and job options. We’ll help you:
- Find out what kinds of skills you'll need for today’s job market
- Get education and skills training
- Support and funding for assistive adaptations
- Gain work experience
- Find a job
- Create or expand your own business